in new york, dick armey in washington. this year's tax revolt is a spending revolt. lou dobbs, let me go to you. you are always tax and spend issues still up for grabs? >> i think it's very much up for grabs. as you look around this group of people at this tea party, larry, here in new york, they are no more convinced of the -- shall i say the virtue of the republican party than they are disappointed with the lack of virtue of the democratic party. they know >> no. the republicans may be winning on taxes, but they haven't yet demonstrated that they're repentant and reformed on spending. they need to get there. these folks out here who are going to be the swing vote that decide the election have got to get comfortable with the notion that they can dare to depend upon the republicans to be responsible on spending. they know there's no hope with the democrats, but they're not willing to settle for the republicans as the least worst option. the republican party through its candidates has to demonstrate with confidence to the voters that they're the most best option. when they can get there, they'll take the majority, but not until they win that confidence with a clear show of resolve and commitment and repentance for their errant ways of just a few years ago. >> i like that repent, repent. lou dobbs, if you were president today -- and that time may come. if you were president today, lou dobbs, what would you do?